Naples & The Amalfi Coast (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
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C5, CD, E1, R2. # 9am–6:45pm Mon–Fri. Museums # 9am– 1:30pm, 3–5pm Mon & Thu; 9am– 1:30pm Tue, Wed & Fri; 9am–1pm Sat–Sun. & www.musei.unina.it The home of the University of Naples since 1777, this late 16th-century building was the first Jesuit college in the city. In the late 19th century, thanks to the Urban Renewal plan (see pp24–5), the University expanded with the addition of a large factory building looking out over Corso Umberto I. One part remaining of the original college is the lovely
founded in the late 16th century by the Oratorio di San Filippo Neri congregation, also called “dei Gerolamini” because they D E C U M A N O M A G G I O R E Tommaso Montani. Behind the spire in the small square you can glimpse the stairway of the side entrance to the Duomo (see pp82–3) and, higher up, the dome of the Cappella di San Gennaro. Pio Monte di Misericordia e The cloister in the Gerolamini came from San Girolamo alla Carità in Rome. The church was built in Tuscan Renaissance
also contains a large lecture hall, has been the venue for temporary exhibitions and cultural events since 1988. From the castle walls there is a spectacular 360-degree view of Naples and the bay. Certosa di San Martino 5 See pp108–11. Pedamentina 6 Map 2 F5. Montesanto: Via Morghen, r Corso Vittorio Emanuele. @ C16, V1. The steps connecting Castel Sant’Elmo and the city sprawling below still make for a delightful walk “descending towards the sea amidst the green slopes”, as old guidebooks
the southern side (see pp158–61) after Punta della Campanella, which was almost inaccessible by land until the 19th century. Today tourism is the most important industry but inland, olive groves and citrus trees are still tended and out of season many of the small coastal communities regain their fishing village atmosphere. CASTELLAMMARE DI STABIA Road map D4. * 69,000. £ Circumvesuviana: Castellammare. n Azienda Autonoma di Soggiorno e Turismo, Piazza Matteotti. Tell 081 871 13 34.
of retail therapy. Known as Spaccanapoli (see pp62–3), this narrow, vibrant street cuts the original Roman dimensions of the city in half and is crammed with churches, historic palazzi, shops and cafés. Seek out the artisan workshops on Via San Gregorio Armeno selling intriguing terracotta objects, from nativity scenes (presepe) and statuettes of Pulcinella (see p39) to good luck charms. Stop for lunch at one of the neighbourhood pizzerias for a classic pizza Margherita, topped with tomato,